rebelling against low expectations

AuthorChristopher Witmer

is the 22-year-old Editor-in-Chief for Originally from Northern Minnesota, he lives with his family in Los Angeles where they moved to plant inner-city churches. He loves sports, travel, and music, but his passion is writing for God and lifting high the name of Jesus through his writing.

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It’s hard to believe it was ten years ago when Do Hard Things came out. Some of us can barely remember a time we weren’t familiar with the phrase “do hard things.” For others of us, it’s a revolutionary new concept we’ve only recently discovered and started applying to our lives. (And still others of us are ten-years familiar with it and still learning to apply it to our lives.) In any case, Do...

“Empty the Trash” and 9 Other Ways Teen Guys Become Men


Last summer a group of Florida teenagers shocked the nation by mocking a disabled man as he was drowning. The nation collectively gasped at the idea that young, able-bodied men would stand by and laugh as anyone–let alone a disabled man–struggled for his life. We were understandably horrified, but let’s be real: Nobody intends to grow up to be a bad guy. I guarantee you none of those...

Before You Confront Your Friend: What Every Teen Should Know about “Tough Love”


“This might hurt, but I’m just speaking the truth in love.” It’s the quintessential excuse for telling people who constantly get under your nerves everything that’s been festering inside of you for the last three months. This Christian cliche (often referred to as “tough love”) is derived from Paul’s exhortation in his letter to the Ephesians. “To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for...

How Do You Love Your Neighbor? (“Love Thy Neighbor” part 2)


Did you know God is more concerned about whether or not you love your neighbor than that you get straight A’s in your math class? Paul said in his letter to the Romans to… “Owe no one anything, except to love each other… Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:8-10). Anything we do without love is totally worthless. Love is pretty important...

Why “Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself” Is So Important to Christianity


The dance is beautiful. One glimpse of the rhythm and movement fills your heart with such wonder that you lose all sense of time and self. Such power emanates from the dancers moving one around the other that it seems as if shots of electricity surge out of their fingertips wrapping the others in glory and delight. It doesn’t take long before you find yourself swept into the magic of it all. One...

How Do You Know What Theology to Believe? (Five Facts to Remember)


My Dad has been a preacher my entire life, which means I’ve been in and out of all kinds of churches. From strict, conservative acapella-singing-only kind of churches to talking-to-the-preacher-during-the-sermon and dancing-with-flags kind of churches. I remember visiting a pentecostal church when I was nine and trying to figure out why the other boy I had met was saying he had already been...

The Rebelution in 2018


Twenty-Eighteen is shaping up to be a crazy, fun, amazing year for The Rebelution and I couldn’t be more excited. Let me explain. We Help You Rebel Against Low-Expectations There are thousands of young people around the world just like you, who are ready to step outside of their comfort zone and pursue the things God has called them to do. But many of them are like me, after I read Do Hard Things...

Making Right Choices as Teens


If you’re a teenager, you have some big decisions coming up. Where will you go to college? What will you study in college? How will you make money? Who will you marry? What do you want to do with the rest of your life? It’s kind of overwhelming and if you’re like me, you even start to panic a bit. “Oh no! I’m already seventeen and I have no idea what I want to study in...

“What If My Life Is a Failure?” Dealing with Anxiety and Fear


“Next episode playing in 15…14…13…” I turned my head to see my alarm clock across the room. The big red “2:00 am” glared at me through the darkness. I knew staying up late watching Netflix was a terrible habit. I knew I was gonna hate myself in the morning, but the distraction was too enticing at the moment. Besides, it wasn’t like I’d be able to sleep anyways. Tomorrow the cycle...

Why Jesus Doesn’t Always Stop Your Suffering


“Stop suffering!” reads the words emblazoned across the front of a church building not too far away from my home in L.A. I can’t say I know the people who put those words up because I’ve never even stepped foot inside the building. I don’t know what denomination the church is a part of or the heart of the people attending it. I’m sure they’re good people with love and hearts even bigger than mine...

rebelling against low expectations

The Rebelution is a teenage rebellion against low expectations—a worldwide campaign to reject apathy, embrace responsibility, and do hard things. Learn More →